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Bebop Spoken There

Benny Green [the British one]: "George Webb is no more qualified to pass judgement on bop than I am to offer opinions on Einstein's Theory of Relativity." - (Melody Maker July 30. 1949, From Colin Aitchison's amazing collection).
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Lou Donaldson: “Ornette told me one time, he said, ‘Lou, you need to play some of this free music.’ I said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t do that. I like to get paid.’” – (Jazz Times June 2015).

Today Tuesday June 30

Afternoon.
ADVANCED JAZZ GUITAR (Tutor James Birkett)- The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - It's today!
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STRONGER JAZZ VOICES (Tutor Zoe Gilby) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 5pm. £15.
Fortnightly course - Back July 7
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RENDEZVOUS JAZZ - Red Lion, 1 Front St., Earsdon NE25 9JU. 1pm. 0191 2532318.
New trad venue - monthly - Back July 14.
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Evening.
CHARLES GORDON/KEN HEWITT DUO - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Regular Tuesday night with Charles on keys, Ken on ten/sop. Note earlier start.
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GAVIN LEE's DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Gavin's bands are always interesting and this is well worth the trip.
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PLAY MORE JAZZ - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7.30pm. £15.
Weekly workshop.
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MAINE ST. JAZZMEN - British Legion, West Jesmond (nr. Metro Station). 8:30pm. £5.
Now a monthly session (again!) - Tonight's the night!
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MOONLIGHT SAVING TIME - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm.
"Schmazz @ The Café" - quintet with voice used instrumentally.
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JAZZ MACHINE - Queen's Head, Victoria Cresc., Cullercoats. 7.30pm (?).
Pepe and crew venture forth...
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JAM SESSION - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Come and jam with Mark Williams, Paul Grainger & Paul Wight. First and third Tuesdays - Back July 7.
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CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND - New Crown Hotel, Mowbray Rd., South Shields. 7.30pm. Free.
Open rehearsal/concert by top big band. The beer's good and the band even better! Monthly - Back July 7.
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HENRY'S SWING CLUB - Brandling Villa, South Gosforth. 8.30pm. Free.
Monthly Blues - Back July 7.
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IAN BOSWORTH - Dorman's Club, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New first Tuesday in the month gig with guitarist Ian and band. Back July 7.
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IMPROV WORKSHOP- Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5SG. 8pm. Free.
Monthly. Back July 14.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

LES PAUL - RIP

Les Paul died today aged 94. Where to start with such a multi-talented individual?
I first came across him when he and his wife Mary Ford were riding the charts with "Mocking Bird Hill", "Vaya Con Dios", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine", "How High The Moon", "Walkin' Whistlin' Blues" and dozens of others all using the then pioneering multi-tracking technique.
As I got into jazz I encountered the incredible guitar/piano choruses recorded with Nat Cole at a Jazz At The Philharmonic concert in the 1940s.
Until recently he played a regular Monday night gig in New York
When I started work in a local music shop I soon discovered that the Gibson Les Paul was THE guitar. I doubt if there's a serious guitarist anywhere, whether jazz or rock, who hasn't at one time owned a Les Paul or at least a Les Paul copy.
An amazing man, worshipped by musicians and technicians alike.
There are already a whole wadge of tributes appearing so I'll leave you to Google your own until the definitive one appears.
In the meantime, Wikipedia does the business.
Rest in Peace Les you were a one off (except on those multi-tracked recordings...)
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. He was an amazing guy, a born innovator. Good Gibson Les Paul's from the peak period 1958/59 are now worth megadosh. I'm just thinking of local jazz guitarists who used a Les Paul at some stage - Eric Gamblin and John Hedley spring to mind. I don't think the Les Paul model was as much used for jazz styles as it might have been. Jim Hall used one whilst with Chico Freeman but soon moved to a Gibson 175 which I think he got from Howard Roberts.
    Roly

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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